Guerlain enlisted the creative prowess of Lebanese designer Nadine Kanso to breathe new life into their legendary Bee bottle. This visionary collaboration, centered around the enchanting theme of love, has birthed a remarkable fusion of the delicate artistry of perfumery and the allure of contemporary jewelry. The extraordinary partnership commemorates a remarkable milestone – the 170th anniversary of the iconic Guerlain bottle.
Nadine Kanso’s art is deeply influenced by the rich tapestry of Arab culture. Her distinctive style, characterized by elegant calligraphy, serves as a wellspring of inspiration for her captivating jewelry creations adorned with precious gems and gilded in gold. Embodied in the enchanting masterpiece named “Rêve d’Amour,” this extraordinary collaboration is a profound celebration of the Middle East’s profound affection for both fragrances and calligraphy. The Arabic word for “Love” is intricately inscribed in refined calligraphy nine times, each adorned with a myriad of shimmering Swarovski crystals, signifying a true declaration of love.
I chose the word ‘love’ to show the world that with love we can accomplish beautiful things. – Nadine Kanso
The design of the Bee bottle itself, a mesmerizing blend of artistic prowess and exquisite jewelry, was entrusted to one of Guerlain’s venerable ateliers – a cherished “Living Heritage Company” – that worked in close collaboration with Swarovski. Meticulously crafted by skilled artisans, each of the nine motifs adorning these jeweled bottles has been individually hand-executed, requiring over 12 hours of painstaking craftsmanship to meticulously set the 1,710 crystals, one by one.
Exquisitely rare, this coveted bottle stands as a testament to its exclusivity, meticulously crafted in a limited edition of a mere 30 numbered pieces. Within its hallowed confines, it holds a truly extraordinary elixir – a bespoke eau de parfum crafted exclusively by the masterful perfumers of Guerlain, specifically tailored for this momentous edition.
The iconic bottle was originally crafted to showcase the sublime eau de cologne imperiale, which was presented to Empress Eugenie on her wedding to Napoleon III. Exuding imperial grandeur in its design, the bottle is embellished with an exquisite festoon pattern reminiscent of the renowned “Place Vendôme” column. Adding to its regal allure, the bottle features 69 meticulously hand-painted bees, symbolizing the French imperial legacy. Since its inception, the esteemed task of creating these bottles has been entrusted to the renowned Pochet & du Courval glassworks. The intricate detailing of the bees and festoons, particularly in its golden rendition, is meticulously executed using fine gold, following age-old traditions.
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